Philadelphia Personal Injury Lawyers

Navigating the aftermath of an unexpected accident in Philadelphia can be overwhelming. Accidents happen suddenly, leaving individuals grappling with serious injuries, unexpected medical bills, and other financial losses, and unsure about their rights.

In such situations, the guidance of a Philadelphia personal injury lawyer can provide much-needed support and peace of mind.

From car accidents on our city streets to slip and fall incidents in local establishments, workplace injuries, and cases of medical malpractice, personal injury law encompasses a range of scenarios.

If you've been injured due to someone else's negligence, whether it's a reckless driver, a property owner's neglect, a workplace safety lapse, or medical care gone wrong, you may have grounds for a personal injury claim.

Consider reaching out to The Rothenberg Law Firm LLP, a Philadelphia personal injury law firm with decades of experience. Schedule a free consultation to explore your rights and options, ensuring you have the guidance you need during these difficult times.

Call our Philadelphia office at (800) 624-8888 for your free consultation with our legal team.

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Why Choose a Philadelphia Personal Injury Lawyer From Rothenberg Law Firm?

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The abrupt nature of accidents can leave individuals facing physical, emotional, and financial challenges. The Philadelphia personal injury lawyers from Rothenberg Law Firm bring a deep understanding of both state and local laws, ensuring that your case is navigated with precision.

Familiarity with the intricacies of Philadelphia's legal landscape is a crucial asset. From understanding specific statutes to being well-versed in local court procedures, our lawyers leverage their knowledge to build a robust case tailored to the unique aspects of your situation.

Accessibility is a hallmark of our commitment to clients. Being based locally means our attorneys are readily available to meet with you, discuss your concerns, and provide updates on your case.

This local presence ensures that you have a dedicated advocate close at hand, ready to address your needs promptly and comprehensively.

Reach out for a consultation to explore your options and gain the support you need to move forward with confidence. Contact us today.

Our Philadelphia Office

You can find the Rothenberg Law Firm Philadelphia office at 1420 Walnut Street. We are located at the heart of the city’s proud history, just down the street from Independence Hall and the Philadelphia Stock Exchange.

Our attorneys are inspired every day by the memories of those who have gone before us, building our system of laws and jurisprudence. We have successfully represented clients in Philadelphia for over 50 years, securing billions of dollars in compensation on their behalf.

Call our Philadelphia office at (800) 624-8888 or fill out our online Contact form to schedule your free consultation.

Philadelphia Personal Injury Statistics

In its most recent statistical overview, the Pennsylvania Department of Health reported that falls were the leading cause of injuries resulting in hospitalization in Philadelphia County. Falls accounted for 7,280 hospitalizations out of a total of 18,054 for the county, or 40.32 percent. Most reported injuries were labeled unintentional, or accidental, at 13,090, or 72.5 percent.

Another leading cause of reported injuries in Philadelphia County includes motor vehicle traffic (MVT) incidents. Traffic crashes accounted for 1,575 injuries requiring hospitalization. Of that number, vehicle occupant injuries were most reported (860), followed by pedestrian accidents (364), motorcycle accidents (271), and pedal cyclist or bicycle accidents (78). Other traffic accident victims were unspecified.

Bicycle riders and pedestrians also reported injuries not related to car crashes. There were 59 reported bike accident injuries and 36 pedestrian injuries reported outside of car accidents.

According to the latest statistical report compiled by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), there were 115,938 reportable traffic crashes in Pennsylvania. These crashes claimed the lives of 1,179 people and injured another 67,012 people. Pennsylvania has over 120,000 miles of roads and highways.

PennDOT notes that there are an average of 318 reportable traffic crashes in Pennsylvania each day or about 13 crashes per hour. Of that number, three people were fatally injured each day, and about 184 people were injured daily in reportable crashes.

Philadelphia County has the second most reported traffic crashes, accounting for 7.5 percent of the state’s total crashes. PennDOT reports that 48 percent of the total traffic fatalities occurred in only 10 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties. Philadelphia had the most traffic fatalities in the state, at 12.1 percent, with 143 fatal traffic crashes.

Understanding Philadelphia Personal Injury Claims

Understanding the many circumstances that may give rise to personal injury claims in Philadelphia can help you navigate the legal aftermath of such incidents.

Some of the distinct types of personal injury claims prevalent in Philadelphia include car accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, bicycle crashes, slip and fall incidents, workplace injuries, medical malpractice, and other types of cases.

Most personal injury cases, regardless of the type of claim, are grounded on the legal principle of negligence. There is a fundamental assumption in the law that every person owes every other person the duty to act in a way that a reasonable person would in the same situation.

Failing to uphold this reasonableness standard, either because of an action a person took, or an action that they failed to take, forms the basis of most legal actions due to negligence.

This is the underlying similarity in personal injury cases: a person suffered harm that they would not have otherwise suffered because of someone else's carelessness or negligent actions of another person or entity.

How Can a Philadelphia Personal Injury Attorney Help Me?

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A seasoned Philadelphia personal injury lawyer brings a depth of knowledge and a nuanced understanding to a diverse range of personal injury claims. Their familiarity with local laws, intricate legal processes, and the unique dynamics of cases such as car accidents, slip and fall incidents, motorcycle accidents, and more, positions them as invaluable advocates.

From investigating the root causes of accidents to skillfully navigating the complexities of insurance claims, these lawyers provide comprehensive support.

Their commitment extends beyond legal representation, offering compassion and guidance to people grappling with the aftermath of injuries or wrongful death, ensuring that each case is approached with diligence and tailored strategies to pursue the compensation deserved.

Common Types of Personal Injury Incidents in Philadelphia?

Exploring these scenarios empowers you to understand your rights.

Car Accidents

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Car accidents, unfortunately, are a common occurrence in the vibrant city of Philadelphia, affecting individuals from all walks of life. The aftermath of such incidents can be traumatic, both physically and emotionally. Car accidents are the most common cause of personal injury lawsuits.

In the aftermath of a car accident, determining fault and liability becomes paramount. Navigating the legal landscape to establish responsibility is often complex and emotionally challenging. Additionally, dealing with insurance companies adds another layer of complexity to an already distressing situation.

Car accident cases actually can involve many different types of motor vehicle accidents. These incidents involve automobiles, motorcycles, bicycles, and pedestrians.

Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accidents represent a distinct category of personal injury claims in Philadelphia, often characterized by their severity and unique dynamics. Motorcyclists, lacking the protective enclosures of a car, are particularly vulnerable to serious injuries such as fractures, spinal injuries, and head trauma. A motorcycle crash may also tragically result in wrongful death.

The causes of motorcycle accidents can range from distracted driving to other motorists failing to yield the right of way. Establishing liability in these cases requires a thorough examination of the circumstances, often involving eyewitness accounts, accident reconstruction, and analysis of traffic laws.

Bicycle Accidents

Bicycle accidents present their own set of challenges and considerations in Philadelphia. Cyclists, sharing the road with larger vehicles, face unique vulnerabilities that can result in significant injuries. They occur throughout the city's diverse landscape, from busy intersections to scenic bike paths.

Common causes may include negligent drivers failing to yield, dooring incidents, or road hazards. The consequences for cyclists can range from fractures and lacerations to more severe injuries like traumatic brain injuries. Establishing liability in bike accidents often involves carefully examining traffic laws, witness statements, and, when applicable, surveillance footage.

Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian accidents highlight the vulnerability of those on foot in a city where bustling streets and busy intersections are a common backdrop. These incidents often result in severe injuries for pedestrians who lack the protective barriers afforded by vehicles.

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From crosswalks to sidewalks, pedestrians face the risk of accidents caused by distracted drivers, failure to yield, or disregard for traffic signals.

The consequences of pedestrian accidents can be particularly devastating, leading to injuries ranging from broken bones to spinal cord injuries and, tragically, fatalities.

Establishing liability in these cases involves a thorough investigation into the circumstances, including witness statements, traffic camera footage, and adherence to pedestrian right-of-way laws.

Rideshare Accidents

Rideshare accidents have become a distinct category of personal injury claims in Philadelphia, reflecting the evolving landscape of transportation.

As individuals increasingly rely on services like Uber and Lyft, the potential for accidents involving rideshare vehicles has grown. These incidents often leave passengers, drivers, or other motorists with injuries.

Causes of rideshare accidents may range from distracted driving to issues related to driver fatigue or inadequate vehicle maintenance. Passengers and other parties face injuries such as whiplash, fractures, and emotional distress.

When it comes to rideshare accidents, navigating the legal landscape involves considerations unique to the industry. Rideshare drivers are typically classified as independent contractors, impacting the liability structure.

Companies like Uber and Lyft provide different coverage at different stages of the ride – from the driver being available, en route to a passenger, to during the ride itself.

Philadelphia personal injury attorneys with experience handling rideshare accident claims can guide you through the intricacies of these types of insurance claims, ensuring that compensation is pursued from the appropriate parties.

Our experience in this evolving area of law addresses the complexities faced by those involved in rideshare accidents, seeking justice and fair compensation for injuries and damages incurred during these incidents.

Truck Accidents

Truck accidents also represent a unique and challenging subset of personal injury claims due to the significant size and weight of commercial trucks. This is coupled with the intricate web of state and federal regulations governing the trucking industry. These accidents, involving large trucks like tractor-trailers, can lead to severe injuries and complex legal considerations.

Causes of truck accidents may include driver fatigue, mechanical failures, or issues related to cargo loading. The consequences can be devastating, resulting in injuries such as spinal trauma, severe fractures, or even fatalities.

Due to the intricate nature of truck accident cases, establishing liability often requires a thorough examination of compliance with safety regulations, driver logbooks, and vehicle maintenance records. A truck accident lawyer must have a thorough understanding of both state and federal laws to pursue a successful personal injury claim in these cases.

Slip and Fall Accidents

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Slip and fall accidents are unfortunately common occurrences. Injuries range from minor to severe, impacting people of all ages. The causes of slip and fall accidents can vary, often involving factors such as wet floors, uneven surfaces, or inadequate signage.

The consequences, however, can be significant, leading to injuries like fractures, sprains, or head trauma. These incidents not only result in physical harm but can also cause emotional distress and financial burdens.

Slip and fall cases fall under the category of premises liability law, which holds property owners responsible for maintaining a safe environment for visitors. Establishing liability involves demonstrating that the property owner was negligent in addressing potential hazards. This can include failing to fix a known issue, not providing adequate warnings, or neglecting routine maintenance.

Additional Types of Claims Our Personal Injury Lawyers Handle

These are just a few of the many personal injury cases we see at Rothenberg Law Firm. Our legal team also handles cases involving:

  • Medical Malpractice - Medical malpractice, including medical errors and misdiagnosis, can cause severe injuries or even wrongful death.
  • Product Liability - When unsafe or defective products cause accidents or injuries, the responsible party can be held accountable through a product liability lawsuit. Product liability law covers a broad range of products, including defective auto parts that can lead to car accidents.
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries - A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can cause significant long-term health problems for many people in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Our Philadelphia attorneys have many years of experience with these injuries and are ready to help.
  • Construction Accidents - Construction accidents are responsible for the majority of workplace deaths and thousands of injuries each year.
  • Birth Injuries - When an accident occurs during birth, it can lead to severe birth injury or even permanent disability.
  • Nursing Home Abuse - Despite the greater enforcement of state laws and the oversight efforts of governmental agencies, more than one million elderly residents experience nursing home abuse or negligence every year.

How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Lawsuit in Philadelphia?

In Philadelphia, the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit typically is two years from the date of the incident that caused the injury. Filing a lawsuit after the expiration of the statute of limitations may result in the court dismissing your case.

However, there are exceptions and nuances to this rule depending on the specific circumstances of your case. To ensure you meet all the legal deadlines and have a comprehensive understanding of your situation, it's advisable to consult with a Philadelphia personal injury attorney promptly after the incident. They can provide guidance tailored to your case and help you navigate the legal process within the applicable time constraints.

Compensation Available for a Personal Injury Claim or Wrongful Death Lawsuit

In a personal injury claim or wrongful death lawsuit in Philadelphia, the potential compensation available can vary based on the specific circumstances of the case.

Generally, compensation may include:

  • Medical Expenses: Coverage for past and future medical bills related to the injury.
  • Lost Wages: Compensation for income lost due to the injury, including potential future earnings if the injury affects long-term employment.
  • Pain and Suffering: Damages for physical and emotional distress resulting from the injury.
  • Property Damage: Reimbursement for damage to personal property, such as a vehicle in the case of a car accident.
  • Loss of Consortium: Compensation for the impact the injury has on the relationship with a spouse.
  • Wrongful Death Damages: In a wrongful death lawsuit, compensation may include funeral expenses, loss of financial support, and emotional distress.

An experienced personal injury attorney in Philadelphia will always consider a range of issues when making determinations about what damages to seek for you. A Pennsylvania personal injury lawyer can also advise you about the damages you're likely eligible for when you file a personal injury claim.

Contact Rothenberg Law Firm for Your Personal Injury Claim

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Allen L. Rothenberg, Esq., Philadelphia Personal Injury Lawyer

When you choose a personal injury lawyer from The Rothenberg Law Firm, you're not just getting legal representation – you're gaining a partner who understands the fabric of Philadelphia, its laws, and its people, ensuring that your case is handled with the attention it deserves.

Beyond legal acumen, our local attorneys are intimately acquainted with the places and people involved in personal injury claims in Philadelphia. This familiarity extends to the local court systems, insurance practices, and even the nuances of navigating the city itself. This insight allows us to strategize effectively, anticipating potential challenges and maximizing the strengths of your case.

In times of uncertainty after an accident, having a local lawyer who understands the nuances of personal injury law in Philadelphia can make all the difference. Having a trusted advocate by your side ensures that you can focus on recovery while someone experienced handles the legal aspects, striving to secure the compensation you deserve.

Call our Philadelphia office at (800) 624-8888 or fill out our online Contact form for our free consultation. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means we never take a fee or costs upfront. Your rights matter, and we are here to fight for them.

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    "Working with The Rothenberg Law Firm was a very easy and straightforward process. They actually surprised me with the extra time and additional attention to my case. I'd recommend them to anyone."

    Victoria H.
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    “During the course of the litigation there where a number of settlement offers which the firm promptly and dutifully communicated to me and urged me not to accept. They were right. In the end they got me an enormous amount of money for my injuries and loss of earnings; far more than I could have ever imagined.”

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